Martha Argerich, The Collection, Vol. 2: The Concerto Recordings

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Following the first volume of solo recordings, Vol. 2 of the Martha Argerich Collection features seven discs of the artist's treasured concerto recordings. Listeners who have not already heard the majority of these performances owe it to themselves to start now; this collection truly contains the vast majority of Argerich's most significant performances and legendary collaborations. From the cleanliness and precision of her Beethoven with Sinopoli, to the unbridled passion of her Schumann with Rostropovich, to the sheer elegance of her Ravel with Abbado, Argerich is an artist with nearly limitless technical capacity, interpretive abilities, and variety of color and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Following the first volume of solo recordings, Vol. 2 of the Martha Argerich Collection features seven discs of the artist's treasured concerto recordings. Listeners who have not already heard the majority of these performances owe it to themselves to start now; this collection truly contains the vast majority of Argerich's most significant performances and legendary collaborations. From the cleanliness and precision of her Beethoven with Sinopoli, to the unbridled passion of her Schumann with Rostropovich, to the sheer elegance of her Ravel with Abbado, Argerich is an artist with nearly limitless technical capacity, interpretive abilities, and variety of color and tone. While all of the 16 concertos heard here are performed with the utmost in tempered musical expressiveness and precision, there are two definite standouts. Tchaikovsky's "First Piano Concerto," performed with her then-husband Charles Dutoit and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, is filled with as much power and vehemence as could ever be expected. Coupled with the surprising muscularity of Argerich's playing is a gracefully nimble touch in the concerto's rapid passagework that will capture listeners' attention from note one. Prokofiev's "Third Concerto" is a work with which Argerich has had a very special relationship, earning her high marks for her singular interpretation of the fiendishly difficult concerto. The recording featured here with Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic is among the finest made of the piece.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/18/2009
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947781240
  • Catalog Number: 001319202
  • Sales rank: 4,991

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26 - Sergey Prokofiev & Claudio Abbado (27:09)
  2. 4–6 Piano Concerto in G major - Maurice Ravel & Claudio Abbado (21:05)
Disc 2
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47 - Frédéric Chopin & Claudio Abbado (38:01)
  2. 4–6 Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S. 124 (LW H4) - Franz Liszt & Claudio Abbado (17:39)
  3. 7–9 Piano Concerto in G major - Maurice Ravel & Claudio Abbado (22:11)
Disc 3
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Martha Argerich (35:42)
  2. 4–6 Concerto for piano, violin, and string orchestra in D minor - Felix Mendelssohn & Martha Argerich (36:37)
Disc 4
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 - Robert Schumann & Martha Argerich (29:50)
  2. 4–6 Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, CT. 48 - Frédéric Chopin & Martha Argerich (30:46)
Disc 5
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Giuseppe Sinopoli (35:18)
  2. 4–6 Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Giuseppe Sinopoli (30:04)
Disc 6
  1. 1–4 Piano Concerto No. 1, for piano, trumpet & strings, in C minor, Op. 35 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Martha Argerich (22:46)
  2. 5–7 Keyboard Concerto in D major, H. 18/11 - Wanda Landowska & Franz Joseph Haydn (18:54)
  3. 8–10 Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Claudio Abbado (31:59)
Disc 7
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Ludwig van Beethoven (35:46)
  2. 4–6 Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Ludwig van Beethoven (28:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Martha Argerich Primary Artist
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